The Holidays In Oxford, Mississippi

Spend the holidays in Oxford, MS! In this small town, there are many holiday events to be celebrated through the month of December. As the temperatures begin to drop and the trees begin to glisten, this homey, college town becomes a little like Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Several family-friendly events and shows are presented locally in hopes that many will attend.

2020 Oxford Holiday Events:

Square Alliance Holiday Open House

When: Friday, November 27 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: The Square

What: Santa will be walking around the Square (no formal pictures), Oxford Square Alliance Sleigh will be outside city hall for photos, Stores will be having sales! Check their social pages for deals. Civic chorus will perform at 5:30 p.m. on the plaza at City Hall.


Elf Scavenger Hunt

When: Tuesday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 30

Where: Various Downtown Square Businesses

What: Help Visit Oxford find their elves! 12 elves are scattered between different businesses in the historic downtown Square. Pick up a card at Visit Oxford to participate & return your card once you’ve found them all to be entered in a prize drawing on the 30th. You do not need to be present to win. The drawing will be at 3:30 p.m on the 30th.


Holiday Village at The Ford Center

When: Thursday, December 3 – Thursday, December 17

Where: The Ford Center for Performing Arts

What: Featured are the Gingerbread Houses, Ceramic Winter Village with a working train, and our North Pole Mailbox direct to Santa! Another special feature is a LEGO Gingerbread House built by the Ford Center staff. Operating hours can be found here.


Christmas Movies at the Drive-In


Friday, December 4 7p.m. Gremlins

Saturday, December 5 7 p.m. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Friday, December 11 7 p.m. The Santa Clause

Saturday, December 12 7 p.m. Elf

Friday, December 18 7 p.m. Die Hard

Saturday, December 19: A Christmas Story

Tickets: Click here

Winter Wonderland at the Arena

When: December 6 – 13: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Lafayette County Multipurpose Arena

70 F.D. Buddy E Pkwy, Oxford, MS 38655


Socially distant winter wonderland trail with visits from Santa

Oxford Artist Guild Holiday Market

Write your letter to Santa & drop it right in his mailbox!

Entry is free; however, a $5 donation per family is suggested

Dec. 12:

  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Chick-fil-a’s Breakfast with Santa, $5/person
  • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Winter Cocktail Walk benefitting Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, free to members- renew or join at

*Reserve your time at


Oxford Reverse Christmas Parade

When: Monday, December 7: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: mTrade Park

328 Old Sardis Rd, Oxford, MS 38655

What: This year, floats will be on display at mTrade park and attendees drive by. FREE


Gingerbread House Contest at Graduate Oxford

When: Tuesday, December 8 – Sunday, December 13

Where: Graduate Oxford Hotel

What: Submit your design by Nov. 30th at this link. The houses will be on display the 8th – 13th and the winner will be selected on the 15th! Visit Oxford is helping judge.


Holly Jolly Holidays on the Historic Oxford Square Presented by cspire


Friday, December 11: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 12: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 13: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Downtown Square

What: Ice Skating, Carriage Rides, Hot Chocolate and more!

Cost to Skate: $10 Adults, $5 kids (includes skate rental); time slots are 30 min each

Cost for Carriage Ride: $10 per group/ride


Carriage Rides:

Ice Skating:

*Pay upon arrival via card or Venmo


Santa Photo Opportunities


December 3: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

December 12: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

December 19: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Visit Oxford

1013 Jackson Ave E Oxford, MS 38655

What: Santa visits our visitor center! Bring your kiddos and a camera to snap a photo with Santa. Santa will be seated behind his desk, checking his list to have a safe, distanced interaction. FREE

1013 Jackson Avenue East

Oxford, MS 38655

(662) 232-2477


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